Claude VonStroke (Photo courtesy the artist)
Not too long ago, I was pleased to have been graced with some of the boldest sounds of house. Dirtybird, the illustrious house music label, has been around for almost 20 years, holstering 60 artists. Last month, they blessed us with a tag team set from five of their stars, including Ardalan, Walker & Royce, Justin Martin, Shiba San, and their founder Claude VonStroke. The crowd was anxious to see this jam packed session of music at Echostage.
Walker & Royce (Photo courtesy Dirtybird)
Dirtybird is taking over Echostage on Saturday, Nov. 4. Led by Dirtybird chief Claude VonStroke, the label will present at least five different sets, including featured music by breakout duo Walker & Royce.
Gary Richards aka DESTRUCTO (Photo courtesy MSO PR)
Dark grooves with sprinkles of crystalline keyboards? The new single “Bodyback” from LA-based DJ and producer DESTRUCTO delivers with danceworthy gusto.
Have a listen to the track, released last November via Night Bass, on Soundcloud:
Although based in Los Angeles, Gary Richards, aka DESTRUCTO, originally hails from DC! And the EDM innovator founded HARD Events, a concert series recently bought by Live Nation. More recently, DESTRUCTO is getting back to doing what he loves best: spinning exciting house music for discerning listeners.
And so DESTRUCTO returns with his Ship2Ship Tour, which he launches next week in Austin, Texas. He brings the tour to DC to perform in a late show at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Co-headlining with Justin Martin, he fits the tour nicely in between twin appearances at the 2016 Holy Ship! electronic dance cruises — the first of which wrapped up yesterday and the second of which launches in February.
Hey, while we are talking about Holy Ship!, one of DESTRUCTO’s entire live DJ sets is also available from one of the 2015 cruises at Soundcloud. Have a listen:
Opening for DESTRUCTO and Justin Martin is ingenuous young DJ REZZ (born Isabelle Rezazedeh) from Niagara Falls, Canada. Tickets are available online.
DESTRUCTO and Justin Martin
Wednesday, Feb. 3